jail (also gaol) noun
ADJ. county, local | high-security, maximum security, top security | private | overcrowded
VERB + JAIL go to He's gone to jail for fraud. | put sb in, send sb to, throw sb into | keep sb in | be freed from, be/get out of, be released from With good behaviour, she could be out of jail in two years. | escape from | threaten sb with He was threatened with jail if evidence of a hoax was discovered. | face | avoid, escape She avoided jail by pleading self-defence.
JAIL + NOUN sentence, term
PREP. at a/the ~ riots at Strangeways jail | in (a/the) ~ How long has she been in jail? There was a fire in the jail last night.